Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) is the Nick Fury of Bond casting, and has already assembled a super-powered team of actors that includes a returning Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and of course, Dame Judi Dench.
Finney, who last appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum and is rumoured to appear in The Bourne Legacy, left acting four years ago to battle prostate cancer.
Details of the plot are naturally kept under wraps, although we know that Bérénice Marlohe is the new Bond Girl and that shooting will commence in Istanbul. Rumours persist that the twenty-third Bond film will be called Skyfall.
Bond 23 will be released in Australia on 22 November 2012 from Sony.